Nationals defeat Dodgers to avoid three-game sweep

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg’s scoreless streak ended, but his winning ways continue.

Strasburg struck out eight batters and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Washington Nationals won 7-1 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and avoided being swept in the three-game series.

Strasburg had his club-record scoreless streak halted at 35 innings on Logan Forsythe’s double in the second. Strasburg went six innings altogether, allowing three hits, and won his fourth consecutive start.

“It was going to happen eventually,” Strasburg (14-4) said of the streak ending. “So, just tried to minimize the damage.”

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice for the Nationals, who are six games behind the Dodgers in the race for the National League’s best record.

“Two very good ballclubs. Very similar, very balanced,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “I know they have the same respect for us as we do them.”

The Dodgers had won their previous four games, a streak that followed an 11-game losing streak. Los Angeles’ magic number to clinch the NL West title still dropped to four because of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks’ loss to the San Francisco Giants earlier in the day.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu went 4 2/3 scoreless innings but was removed after walking back-to-back batters in the fifth. Ross Stripling

(3-5) took the loss, allowing three runs while getting four outs.